A few days ago, Christian sent me a note to be sure to check out the new Erik Buell Racing 1190RS now available for pre-orders. After all of the drama of the closure of Buell and Erik’s resurfacing with his own company, we now have the first fruits of that effort, a full on and, it appears, a rather brutally capable, sport bike.
The specs are impressive:
- 175 horsepower
- 97 foot pounds of torque
- aluminum frame with integral fuel
- Öhlins suspension front and rear
- 6 speeds with wet slipper clutch
- 389 pounds without fuel
It really is a race bike for the street, not much different in that regard from what you find in most major brand showrooms, though at $40K per copy (add $4K for carbon fiber package), it is above the range for all but a few of the most exotic race replicas.
I like what they’ve done, though it’s not aimed at someone like me who would find it far too hard edged for daily use, but seeing it compared against something from a company like Ducati in the hands of someone who could make full use of its capabilities would be extremely interesting.
What direction Erik chooses to go with future models remains to be seen, but if this is an indication of what he wanted to build all along, it’s not surprising that Harley Davidson found him an uncomfortable fit. This is not even close to what Harley would consider as being its core market or competence.
With only 100 units planned for production, you’ll be unlikely to run into one very soon and unless these sell, it may be a while before we see a follow up model of any sort. Erik has demonstrated he can build a fine motorcycle, let’s hope he can also weather the economy long enough to show us what else he has up his sleeve.
Link: Erik Buell Racing